Beastie Boys bring greatest hits to Connect Festival

And The Jesus And Mary Chain make triumphant homecoming

Beastie Boys brought day one of Scotland’s newest festival Connect to a close last night (August 31) with a crowd-pleasing greatest hits set.

The New York trio wowed fans with a set full of their classics, including ‘Brass Monkey’, ‘No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn’ and ‘Intergalactic’.

In the picturesque settings of Inveraray Castle in the west Scottish highlands, the group rocked the crowd into a frenzy. Although the majority of the set was from their extensive back catalogue, they also showcased new material from their recent instrumental album, ‘The Mix Up’.

“This is my motherfucking castle,” proclaimed Mike D before launching into set closer ‘Sabotage’, which received the biggest cheer of the night.

Earlier in the day The Jesus And Mary Chain made a triumphant return to Scottish soil.

This was the band’s first gig in Scotland since reforming earlier this year, and they didn’t disappoint by playing a set full of their classic tracks. But it was their seminal 1985 single ‘Just Like Honey’, which famously featured in the 2003 movie ‘Lost In Translation’, that got the whole crowd singing.

UK summer festival favourites CSS played a storming afternoon set that saw frontwoman Lovefoxxx thrill the crowd in her trademark rainbow catsuit. Walking on stage the Brazilian singer greeted the thousands who gathered by saying, “Playing In Scotland is great” in a local accent.

The band once again played their cover of L7’s 1992 grunge-pop hit ‘Pretend We’re Dead’, but it was set closer ‘Lets Make Love And Listen To Death From Above’ that sent the punters wild.

It was a sad day for Scottish music lovers as Aereogramme played their last ever date. Their fanatic fans were out in full force to bid farewell to the post-rockers Many fans were in tears by the end of the performance with one crazed fan screaming at the band “not to split up”.

But the group, cherished and namechecked by the likes of fellow local heroes Mogwai and Biffy Clyro, have decided to call it a day after eleven years by bowing out at the bash.

Day Two (September 1) of Connect Festival sees performances from The Hold Steady, Modest Mouse and a headline performance from Primal Scream.